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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350637/clinical-utility-of-eco-color-power-doppler-ultrasonography-and-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-interpretation-and-quantification-of-joint-synovitis-a-review
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Marina Carotti, Vittoria Galeazzi, Francesca Catucci, Marcello Zappia, Francesco Arrigoni, Antonio Barile, Andrea Giovagnoni
With the introduction of new biologics such as anti-TNF-alpha antibodies and other therapies in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis, capable of halting joint destruction and functional disability, there are new pressures on diagnostic and prognostic imaging. Early demonstration of pre-erosive inflammatory features and monitoring of the long-term effects of treatment are becoming increasingly important. Early detection of synovitis offers advantages in terms of allowing early instigation of therapy and may allow the identification of those patients displaying more aggressive disease who might benefit from early intervention with expensive DMARD therapy...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349920/hyperuricemia-in-asian-psoriatic-arthritis-patients
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Tin Lok Lai, Cheuk Wan Yim, Pui Yan Wong, Man Chi Leung, Woon Leung Ng
AIM: It is generally accepted that hyperuricemia is commonly associated with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). However, variations in ethnicity, diet and habitat may contribute to differences in prevalence and risk factors for hyperuricemia in PsA patients. Moreover, Asian specific data is deficient. The primary objective of the present study was to determine the prevalence of hyperuricemia among PsA patients. The secondary objective was to explore its associated risk factors. METHODS: This was a multi-center, cross-sectional observational study of 160 PsA patients from local Rheumatology clinics...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349901/inflammatory-back-pain-and-associated-disease-conditions-among-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-in-bangladesh
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Sabrina Yesmin, Syed Jamil Abdal, Aminur Rahman, Md Nazrul Islam, Alamgir Mustak Ahammad, Shamim Ahmed, Md Abu Shahin, Minhaj Rahim Chowdhury, Syed Atiqul Haq
AIM: Inflammatory back pain (IBP) is the earliest symptom of axial and other forms of spondyloarthritis (SpA). However, there are no published data on prevalence of IBP among patients suffering from chronic low back pain (CLBP) in Bangladesh. In this study, we estimated the prevalence of IBP and the subtypes of SpA in a tertiary hospital in Bangladesh. METHODS: This 1 year cross-sectional study was conducted among 240 CLBP patients in a rheumatology outpatient clinic...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347862/survey-of-the-awareness-of-adult-rheumatologists-regarding-transitional-care-for-patients-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-japan
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Toshihiro Matsui, Takumi Matsumoto, Fumio Hirano, Fumika Tokunaga, Keisuke Okamoto, Shigeto Tohma, Tomohiro Morio, Hitoshi Kohsaka, Masaaki Mori
OBJECTIVES: To understand the current status of adult rheumatology care for patients who had previously had juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) (excluding systemic JIA), and to identify issues interfering with the transition from pediatric to adult care in Japan. METHODS: Questionnaire-based survey among 30 adult rheumatologists. RESULTS: Eighty-seven percent of adult rheumatologists responded that they had provided medical care to adults who had had JIA; 44% of them had felt hesitation or anxiety when providing such care...
January 18, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346193/perceptions-of-infection-risk-with-immunomodulatory-medications
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Rebecca Sharim, Preethi Thomas, Leny Mathew, Michael George, Misha Rosenbach
OBJECTIVES: Physicians of many specialties encounter patients treated with immunomodulatory medications and must weigh the risk of infection when making medical decisions. We explored how physician perceptions of the infection risk of immunomodulatory medications differ by specialty and level of experience. METHODS: A survey was distributed to physicians from the internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, rheumatology, dermatology, and infectious disease departments at 1 tertiary care institution...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344526/the-effects-of-team-based-learning-on-learning-outcomes-in-a-course-of-rheumatology
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Seyedeh Tahereh Faezi, Kamran Moradi, Ali Ghafar Rahimi Amin, Massoomeh Akhlaghi, Fatemeh Keshmiri
Introduction: We evaluated the effects of implementing Team-Based Learning (TBL) on student engagement, accountability, satisfaction, and preference for lecture or team-based learning. Moreover, we assessed the effect of TBL on knowledge retention and application over time through short answer questions based on clinical scenarios addressing history taking and diagnosis skills in medical students. Methods: The study was conducted in a quasi-experimental design. The study population were all of the third-year medical students (n = 84) participating in a course of rheumatology in Shariati Hospital, which is a teaching hospital affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences...
January 2018: Journal of Advances in Medical Education & Professionalism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343507/early-and-sustained-efficacy-with-apremilast-monotherapy-in-biological-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-a-phase-iiib-randomised-controlled-trial-active
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Peter Nash, Kamal Ohson, Jessica Walsh, Nikolay Delev, Dianne Nguyen, Lichen Teng, Juan J Gómez-Reino, Jacob A Aelion
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate apremilast efficacy across various psoriatic arthritis (PsA) manifestations beginning at week 2 in biological-naïve patients with PsA. METHODS: Patients were randomised (1:1) to apremilast 30 mg twice daily or placebo. At week 16, patients whose swollen and tender joint counts had not improved by ≥10% were eligible for early escape. At week 24, all patients received apremilast through week 52. RESULTS: Among 219 randomised patients (apremilast: n=110; placebo: n=109), a significantly greater American College of Rheumatology 20 response at week 16 (primary outcome) was observed with apremilast versus placebo (38...
January 17, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340740/-paraneoplastic-syndromes-in-rheumatology
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REVIEW
J Leipe, H Schulze-Koops
Malignancies can present as inflammatory rheumatic diseases. These rheumatic paraneoplastic syndromes are rare, but characteristic in their pattern. This article focuses on epidemiology, clinical and diagnostic features as well as treatment of paraneoplasic rheumatic diseases such as paraneoplastic arthritides, vasculitides, myositis and hypertrophic osteoarthropathy. The knowledge of their clinical patterns is of utmost importance for early diagnosis and prognosis of yet undiagnosed malignancies.
January 16, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337460/-rheumatology-checkpoint-induced-autoimmunity-birth-of-a-new-disease
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Diana Dan, Ludovic Tapparel, Thomas Hügle
Tumor cells express checkpoint proteins in order to prevent an immune reaction by T-cells. Checkpoint inhibitors are successfully used in oncology to unleash a cytotoxic immune response. Unfortunately this treatment increasingly leads to immune-related adverse events which resemble various primary autoimmune disorders known in rheumatology. Potentially, checkpoint dysfunction also underlies rheumatic diseases which would open the way for new treatment options to restore immune tolerance.
January 10, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336618/rheumatoid-arthritis-a-single-center-egyptian-experience
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B R Sakr, M M Elfishawi, M H ElArousy, A K Hatw, A N AbdulKarim, A B Tammam, A N Kotp, M E Hamed, I E Genedy, E D El Desouky, Z O Nawito
OBJECTIVE: Demonstration of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) characteristics in a large cohort of Egyptian patients. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data of 3219 RA patients attending the Rheumatology outpatient clinic, Kasr Alainy Hospital, Cairo University; from January 1995 till December 2015. RESULTS: Mean age at disease onset was 36.1 ±13.4 years; 2774 (84%) were females and mean disease duration was 12.9 ±7.9 years. Regarding number of joint affected at disease onset; polyarticular pattern was found in 77...
January 16, 2018: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336187/efficacy-and-safety-of-sirukumab-in-japanese-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-rheumatoid-arthritis-inadequately-controlled-by-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-subgroup-analysis-of-a-phase-3-study
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Tsutomu Takeuchi, Yoshiya Tanaka, Hisashi Yamanaka, Masayoshi Harigai, Toshikazu Nakano, Koshiro Akagi, Yoshifumi Ukyo, Benjamin Hsu
Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of sirukumab in Japanese patients with active rheumatoid arthritis uncontrolled by disease modifying antirheumatic drugs. Methods This subgroup analysis based on a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 52-week phase 3 study (SIRROUND-D) assessed American College of Rheumatology (ACR)20 response at week 16 and van der Heijde-modified Sharp score (vdH-S) at week 52 (coprimary endpoints). Results A total of 168 (Japanese)/1670 patients received sirukumab 50 mg/4 weeks (q4w, n = 58), 100 mg/every 2 weeks (q2w, n = 54), or placebo (n = 56) subcutaneously...
January 16, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335345/s100a12-is-associated-with-response-to-therapy-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Faekah Gohar, Janneke Anink, Halima Moncrieffe, Lisette W A Van Suijlekom-Smit, Femke H M Prince, Marion A J van Rossum, Koert M Dolman, Esther P A H Hoppenreijs, Rebecca Ten Cate, Simona Ursu, Lucy R Wedderburn, Gerd Horneff, Michael Frosch, Dirk Foell, Dirk Holzinger
OBJECTIVE: Around one-third of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) fail to respond to first-line methotrexate (MTX) or anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy, with even fewer achieving ≥ American College of Rheumatology Pediatric 70% criteria for response (ACRpedi70), though individual responses cannot yet be accurately predicted. Because change in serum S100-protein myeloid-related protein complex 8/14 (MRP8/14) is associated with therapeutic response, we tested granulocyte-specific S100-protein S100A12 as a potential biomarker for treatment response...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334841/tocilizumab-in-the-treatment-of-myocardial-infarction
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Matthew B Carroll
Tocilizumab (TCZ) is an important biologic response modifier that Rheumatologists routinely employ in the treatment of several systemic autoimmune diseases. TCZ binds to interleukin (IL)-6 receptors, inhibits cellular activation, and mitigates inflammation by IL-6. In mid-2017 TCZ was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its first non-rheumatologic condition, the treatment of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell-induced severe or life-threatening cytokine release syndrome in patients 2 years of age or older...
January 16, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334721/efficacy-and-safety-of-tocilizumab-in-korean-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Han Joo Baek, Mie Jin Lim, Won Park, Sung Hwan Park, Seung-Cheol Shim, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Hyun Ah Kim, Soo Kon Lee, Yun Jong Lee, Young Eun Park, Hoon-Suk Cha, Yeong-Wook Song
Background/Aims: To investigate the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab (TCZ) humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody, in Korean patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) refractory to conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) including methotrexate (MTX). Methods: The main study was a 24-week, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial that was followed by a 48-week, open-labeled, extension phase. TCZ (8 mg/kg) or placebo was intravenously administered every 4 weeks...
January 17, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333701/the-childhood-arthritis-rheumatology-research-alliance-consensus-treatment-plans-towards-comparative-effectiveness-in-the-pediatric-rheumatic-diseases
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REVIEW
Sarah Ringold, Peter A Nigrovic, Brian M Feldman, George A Tomlinson, Emily von Scheven, Carol A Wallace, Adam M Huber, Laura E Schanberg, Suzanne C Li, Pamela F Weiss, Robert C Fuhlbrigge, Esi M Morgan, Yukiko Kimura
The pediatric rheumatic diseases are a heterogeneous group of rare diseases, posing a number of challenges for the use of traditional clinical and translational research approaches. Innovative comparative effectiveness approaches are needed to efficiently study treatment approaches and disease outcomes. The Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) developed the consensus treatment plan (CTP) approach as a comparative effectiveness tool for research in pediatric rheumatology. CTPs are treatment strategies, developed by consensus methods among CARRA members, intended to reduce variation in treatment approaches, standardize outcome measurements, and allow for comparison of the effectiveness of different approaches with the goal of improving disease outcomes...
January 15, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330758/-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance-and-multiple-myeloma
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REVIEW
M Schmalzing, H-P Tony, S Knop
In rheumatological practice monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is a common incidental finding. Several rheumatic inflammatory diseases are known to have an elevated risk of MGUS, which can evolve into multiple myeloma or other lymphatic malignancies. The relevant definitions of disease entities are described, as well as algorithms for further diagnostic work-up and follow-up for monoclonal gammopathy, depending on the risk of progression. Therapeutic strategies against multiple myeloma are presented...
October 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329602/abatacept-used-in-combination-with-non-methotrexate-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-a-descriptive-analysis-of-data-from-interventional-trials-and-the-real-world-setting
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Rieke Alten, Harald Burkhardt, Eugen Feist, Klaus Krüger, Juergen Rech, Andrea Rubbert-Roth, Reinhard E Voll, Yedid Elbez, Christiane Rauch
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) remains the anchor drug in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment, but is poorly tolerated or contraindicated in some patients. There is a wealth of data supporting the use of abatacept in combination with MTX, but data on alternative conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (csDMARD) combinations with abatacept are scarce. METHODS: In this post-hoc exploratory analysis, efficacy and safety data were extracted from abatacept RA studies in which combination with csDMARDs other than MTX was permitted: three interventional trials (ATTAIN, ASSURE, and ARRIVE) and one real-world study (ACTION)...
January 2, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325956/rapid-onset-thoracic-myelopathy-due-to-an-epidural-sarcoid-like-lesion-in-a-pediatric-patient
#18
Michael A Galgano, Carlos R Goulart, Karen Chisholm, Melissa Hazen, Scellig Stone
Isolated intraspinal neurosarcoidosis is a rare clinical entity, with most reports describing intramedullary involvement in adults. We detail the case of a nine-year-old girl with rapid onset compressive myelopathy secondary to a thoracic epidural lesion. Although pathological diagnosis was challenging, a presumptive diagnosis of isolated extradural neurosarcoidosis was made in light of the patient's investigations and dramatic response to corticosteroids. Though less likely than neoplasia, rheumatologic processes such as inflammatory granulomatous disease warrant consideration in similar cases...
January 8, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325764/self-management-model-in-the-scheduling-of-successive-appointments-in-rheumatology
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David Castro Corredor, José Luis Cuadra Díaz, Javier José Mateos Rodríguez, Joaquín Anino Fernández, María Dolores Mínguez Sánchez, Isabel María de Lara Simón, María Ángeles Tébar, Encarnación Añó, María Dolores Sanz, María Nieves Ballester
INTRODUCTION: The rheumatology service of Ciudad Real Hospital, located in an autonomous community of that same name that is nearly in the center of Spain, implemented a self-management model of successive appointments more than 10 years ago. Since then, the physicians of the department schedule follow-up visits for their patients depending on the disease, its course and ancillary tests. The purpose of this study is to evaluate and compare the self-management model for successive appointments in the rheumatology service of Ciudad Real Hospital versus the model of external appointment management implemented in 8 of the hospital's 15 medical services...
January 8, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325599/are-we-there-yet-an-update-on-transitional-care-in-rheumatology
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EDITORIAL
Janet E McDonagh, Albert Farre
Significant progress has been made in the understanding of transitional care in rheumatology over the last few decades, yet universal implementation has not been realised and unmet needs continue to be reported. Possible explanations for this include lack of evidence as to which model is most effective; lack of attention to the multiple dimensions, stakeholders and systems involved in health transitions; and lack of consideration of the developmental appropriateness of transition interventions and the services/organisations/systems where such interventions are delivered...
January 11, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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